Sami Zayn Explains Why He's Staying With WWE

Sami Zayn recently signed a new, multi-year contract with WWE shortly before the original deal was set to expire. The former Intercontinental Champion didn't comment when the news of his signing broke, but he finally confirmed it in a new interview with Les Anti-Pods de La Lutte. He said, "Honestly, I don't know how people on the internet find this kind of information, but yes, it's true, I just signed for a few years and I'm really happy. My contract was almost over, they were interested in me staying, I wanted to stay, so it was no more complicated than that. 

"It's not the first time I've said it, but I'm really happy with my role with the company in recent years, especially the last year, year and a half," Zayn said. "I'm doing the best job of my career, especially in terms of my character. I don't know why people were really surprised. They have an idea in their heads that everyone in WWE is unhappy being there, unhappy with their role, that they want more or feel oppressed, or I don't know what. For me, I'm really happy with my role and I can't wait to see what I'm going to be able to do in the next few years."

Zayn has taken on the role of a conspiracy theorist in recent years, which has resulted in him having onscreen feuds with celebrities like Logan Paul and Johnny Knoxville along with two reigns as Intercontinental Champion. He took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a lengthy thread about why he wants revenge on Knoxville at the Rumble this weekend. 

"Since he wanted to enter my world, I decided I would show him up at his own game and put on a show that would rival [Jackass]. This is how 'Inzayn' came about. In the debut episode, I was going to shock the world by jumping over the ring in a shopping cart. Sadly, this didn't end up taking place," he wrote. "Mainly because the stagehands I hired to orchestrate the stunt were also contracted by @WWE and they neglected my specifications to make the stunt safe. My personal opinion is this was no accident (conspiracy). I could have been badly hurt. I decided episode 2 of 'Inzayn' would depend on no one but myself. To prove I was tougher/crazier than Johnny Knoxville, I'd do what he once did & do it better. I'd test dangerous self defense weapons on myself. It was painful, but went well...at first. I pulled out all the stops. I even shocked myself with the Livestock Jolt 3000 straight to the heart and was able to shake it off. I am really tough [it] turns out. Like, tougher than I even realized. That's when Knoxville showed up & made the RIDICULOUS claim that the cattle prod wasn't even turned on. Now Johnny Knoxville thinks he's a tough guy, but everyone is a tough guy when they're holding the Livestock Jolt 3000. So that's when it happened. All the while, I'm #1 contender to MY Intercontinental Championship! But Shinsuke Nakamura is ducking me, Johnny Knoxville is deranged & obsessed with me, and @WWE management has ignored all my messages. So I can't wait for the #RoyalRumble. this Saturday. Revenge will be mine."

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